People behind the scenes have been eating away at Slovenian democracy for decades – the “old boys” come to an agreement, and then it is always carried out somehow

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For some, the people behind the scenes are just a convenient excuse used by politicians when things do not go according to plan. For others, the people behind the scenes are a very real threat to Slovenian democracy. What is very interesting is that people behind the scenes were responsible for the collapse of almost every Slovenian government.

 The so-called people behind the scenes are those that appoint new faces on the political scene and push them into the limelight. They do this with the help of leftist mouthpieces which are happy to take every opportunity to present another alternative in the desire to prevent the right from coming to power.

But these plans have become transparent. People have stopped falling for tricks they have seen many times before. “You don’t believe that each year new faces are put forward by people behind the scenes?” starts the video which was published by a Twitter user and in which we can hear several generations of leading Slovenian politicians who all at some point mention people from behind the scenes that are stirring up trouble for them. “People from behind the scenes didn’t turn up yesterday. Rumours about networks of people that are informally moving the levers of power are very old, going back to the time when the government was led by Janez Drnovšek,” the journalist Rosvita Pesek said during the Dnevnik show on RTV Slovenija.

“The worst thing is, I think, when everything starts to intertwine and some group of people, ‘old boys’, controls everything, has people here and there and so on, and they all come to an agreement and everything is then somehow carried out, something is written and said here and there, something is decided, and that is that,” the then prime minister of Slovenia, Drnovšek, said during the show on RTVS.

Kučan told Pahor whom he wants to appoint instead of him
“There were too many people behind the scenes; if they want to be active in politics, they should stand as candidates,” Dejan Židan, the president of SD and current president of the national assembly, once grumbled. The president of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, admitted during a debate on POP TV before the Slovenian presidential election in 2017 that former president of Slovenia Milan Kučan had met with him when he was leading the government, telling him that it would be better for him if he resigned, as they planned to appoint Zoran Janković as prime minister of Slovenia. “It was something like that. Yes,” said Pahor.

“The old powers simply don’t allow us to work for future generations but are only interested in their own vested interests,” the former prime minister and current foreign minister Miro Cerar said in the announcement of his resignation. Regarding the question who actually runs Slovenia, the old/new defence minister and eternal president of the DeSUS party, Karl Erjavec, answered: “I’m convinced that it isn’t politicians. Whether they’re the people behind the scenes or if they should be given a different name is a matter of interpretation.”

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